J. Rudy Flesher
Favorite Spot: William Way LGBT Community Center – especially the lobby!
Neighborhood: Gayborhood, right in the heart of Center City
Address: 1315 Spruce Street
I am: A juggler. I juggle arts, politics, and civic engagement every day. I am the program coordinator for Philly4Philly, I am a writer and performing artist, I am an activist, and I sit on the boards of the William Way LGBT Community Center, Young Involved Philadelphia, and The Spruce FoundationCurrent Home: In Ludlow, although nobody know where that is because it’s an old neighborhood name. Ludlow is from 6th to 9th streets, from Girard to Cecil B. Moore.
Years in Philly: 5 years, 1 month
My Love Note:
To the William Way LGBT Community Center lobby:
Sure, I love *all* of the rooms at the Center. I’ve worked from the Cyber Center and I’ve attended many a show in the Ballroom. I’ve planned events and voted in board meetings in The Philadelphia Room. But for me, you, the lobby, represent everything that the community center is and does. You hold archival displays and art shows. You are the hub. On their way to different events and group meetings, everyone comes through first. People not expecting to meet each other stop and talk. Connections are made. Tips for grant writing are given. Tips for crocheting, coding html, and totally fierce eye shadow are also given. Across age and identity and diversity of experience, new knowledge and greater compassion is created. Because you create and hold community, lobby and the William Way LGBT Community Center, that is why I love you dearly, and why you are my
favorite spot in the city.